Effective Date: 
Sun, 08/01/2010
Mon, 09/09/2019
Mon, 09/09/2019

Multi-dose vials are used occasionally at the UCSC SHS.  Whenever possible, single dose vials of medication will be used as stock in the SHS clinic. Staff will follow procedures to ensure that there is no cross-contamination, nor degradation of the medication.


Multi-dose vials of medication will be stored and handled appropriately according to the manufacturers’ recommendations. 

In general, multi-dose vials are good for 30 days after opening, however, in the interest of safety, the Student Health Center has decided that any multi-dose vial not excluded below will be discarded after one use. 

Certain medications may be discarded at a time-frame longer than 30 days if supported by documentation from the manufacturer.  These medications may include but are not limited to:  currently, IPOL.  The expiration date listed on the medication container will be used.

Humalog multi-dose vials are good for 30 days after opening and will be dated upon opening.

All multi-dose vials will be discarded if there is any suspicion of improper storage or handling, or if there is obvious deterioration or contamination.

Key Points: 

* All medications must be stored and handled properly
* Most vials will be discarded after single use
* Some vials will need to be discarded at a later date, but must have documentation from the manufacturer as to the appropriate expiration

*Some vials must be discarded 30 days after opening and must be dated upon opening